Despite what we may have heard, the connection between music and exercise didn’t start with Jane Fonda’s dance aerobics or the Sony Walkman portable cassette player. There is data confirming that BC, rowers on the Roman galleys utilized a drumbeat to drive the rhythm of the rowing. Part of that was for coordination – they wanted the rowers to row together for maximum efficiency, but part is that people will naturally follow a tempo.

We probably don’t need an exercise scientist to tell us that music makes exercise more enjoyable, but what is its true effect on physical performance? If we pick the proper music track, the music will be like a legal drug for our students. They can reduce perception of effort significantly and increase endurance by as much as 15%.

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